Rob Efird, PhD
Our department draws on the unique qualities of three disciplines to be a focal point at the university for the critical investigation of cultures, societies, and the individual's place within them. Anthropology offers the ability to understand, analyze, and compare diverse cultures from cultural, archeological, linguistic, and evolutionary perspectives. Sociology provides the "sociological imagination," an ability to examine the mutual dependence and influence between the individual and the structures of society. Social Work brings the knowledge and skills to develop and administer assistance to people coping with social problems, such as poverty, crime, and discrimination.
Together as one department, we are able to offer students a rigorous degree program in any one of our fields, while ensuring that each simultaneously benefits from the cross disciplinary perspective and active collaboration that characterize our faculty. We also have designated programs that take advantage of our multiple domains of expertise, such as the joint Anthropology-Sociology degree.
Our faculty are excellent teachers and active scholars who—by virtue of what they teach, how they teach, and their commitment to those they are teaching--are especially qualified to develop students to be leaders for a just and humane world. Through courses that invite students to engage with faculty research and thoughtful use of programs likes study abroad and service-learning, students receive a participatory, student-centered experience that is a superb preparation for variety of career opportunities.
Cultural Anthropology: BA, minorSociology: BA, minorSocial Work: BSW, Social Welfare minor
Department Chair Rob Efird was interviewed by China Daily USA about his work in China. He was recently selected as one of 20 China scholars for the National Committee on United States-China Relations' Public Intellectuals Program. Read the interview here.
Professor Efird also published "Schooling for Sustainable Development Across the Pacific," which includes overviews and case studies in environmental education and education for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region and examples in the US and Canada. More here.
Social Work Professor Amelia Seraphia Derr explored how social services providers understand the importance of incorporating new immigrants into their communities in "How Do Social Service Providers View Recent Immigrants." More here.
Social Work Professor Riva Zeff wrote about field placements for students in a new guide on best practices for designing, implementing, and maintaining an effective field education program. More here.